We found this fun article on the 1-800-Dentist blog.
8 Weird But True Stories About Dentistry
1. Tooth Fairy Is Paying More – This is a good year for kids in the U.S. to lose their baby teeth. According to the 2010 Tooth Fairy Poll, the average baby tooth is now worth $2.13, a 13% increase over 2009.
2. 109 Million Britons Missing Teeth – CNBC reports that British tooth loss is reaching epidemic proportions. Twenty percent of the adult population has five or more missing teeth.
3. Robot Dental Patient “Feels” Pain – Dental students at Japan’s Showa University are using a robotic simulator to learn how to perform dental treatments, including filling cavities. The robot – a realistic-looking 5-foot-tall woman – is programmed to respond like a real patient. It even says, “Ouch! That hurts.”
4. NYC Leads Scotland in Dentists – There are twice as many dentists practicing in New York City than in all of Scotland (NYC: 6,724 vs. Scotland: 2,920).Dentistry Updates: Would you get vampire veneers?
5. Vampire Veneers Are In – A cosmetic dentist in Texas is offering temporary vampire-fang veneers. The 15-minute cosmetic dental treatment is a big hit with suburban teens and creepy adults.
6. Super-Sized Burgers Cause TMD – Dentists in Taiwan and Singapore warn that big burgers served at fast-food restaurants are causing dental problems like TMD and TMJ. A story in The China Post reports that injuries are related to people overextending their jaws trying to eat three-inch high burgers.
7. Yogurt Reduces Tooth Decay – A Japanese study found that children who eat four servings of yogurt a week were 22 percent less likely to develop tooth decay.
8. Dentists Hunt for Boston Crime Boss – The FBI is asking dentists across the U.S. to keep an eye out for fugitive gang leader James “Whitey” Bulger. The reason is his traveling companion, a licensed dental hygienist who likes to get monthly dental cleanings, is reportedly looking for new dental implants. There’s a $2 million reward for information leading to the capture of the 80-year-old Bulger.